The intercountry adoption business in Nepal has created a culture of child abuse including the abduction, trafficking and sale of children, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and an NGO said in a report released Aug. 29. “Child rights, not profit, must be at the centre of all adoptions in Nepal,” says the study by UNICEF and Terre des Hommes (Tdh), an international NGO. Only four out of every 100 children adopted in Nepal are adopted by a Nepali family and many children put up for adoption are not orphaned but are separated from their families. (UN News Service)

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